Flat Feet Will Flat Out Slow You Down
Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson and Dr. Taylor Robertson at NOLA Sole Podiatry, frequently treat flat feet. Flat feet may appear trivial, but the harmful effects they have on your foot and ankle health are very pronounced. They typically form from abnormal arches. To make sure you don’t develop complications, call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today.
Flat feet are unfortunately a common condition, which is a reason why they are often overlooked. The feet essentially don’t develop normal arches with this condition. Normal arches should form by the time a child is 3 years old. Since some people don’t naturally develop arches, it may not be a problem for them if no symptoms occur. However, certain individuals with flat feet may experience severe pain, generally in the heel. Participating in activities further aggravates the pain as the foot cannot handle the increased tension. Additionally, inflammation is likely to occur around the ankle due to the foot’s surface area touching the floor in an abnormal manner when taking steps. If your flat feet are getting in the way, contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.
Arches can fail due to normal wear and tear over years. This weakens the tendon of your ankle, which seriously hinders support of your arch. Factors that contribute to the formation of flat feet include aging, medical conditions such as obesity or diabetes and severe injuries. Treatment can include well-fitting shoes, stretching, rest, physical therapy, walking barefoot or even weight loss. Complications can occur if flat feet become worse. Your step becomes different and your foot’s balance is compromised. This all translates into a shooting pain traveling up the legs and into your back. Flat feet could eventually cause severe pain in the foot’s surrounding muscles, joints or tendons.
Since certain individuals with flat feet do not experience pain, others with potential to get serious complications may wait until it’s too late to get treatment. For these reasons, it is imperative that you get your flat feet seen by a medical professional to make sure you’re on the right track. We can determine the best course of treatment and make sure you get back on your feet!